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2017 Political Quiz

Answer the following questions to see how your beliefs match each political party.

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What are your beliefs on social issues?

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors? Learn more?

In December 2014, the German government announced a new rule which would require German companies to fill 30% of their board seats with women. In China 8.5% of companies had women on their board of directors. In Norway 35.5% of boards contain women directors which is the highest percentage in the world.  See public opinion

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies? Learn more?

Several Western countries including France, Spain and Canada have proposed laws which would ban Muslim women from wearing a Niqab in public spaces. A niqab is a cloth that covers the face and is worn by some Muslim women in public areas. In 2015 legislators in Urumqi and Xinjiang passed laws prohibiting residents from wearing burqas in public. Proponents argue that the ban infringes on individual rights and prevents people from expressing their religious beliefs. Opponents argue that face-coverings prevent the clear identification of a person, which is both a security risk, and a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in communication.  See public opinion

What is your stance on abortion? Learn more?

Abortion is a medical procedure resulting in the termination of a human pregnancy and death of a fetus. In China abortion is available to women as a government service. Abortions that are requested for sex selective purposes are illegal although many experts believe they are carried out illegally since an average of 117 boys to 100 girls are born every year in China.  See public opinion

Do you support the death penalty? Learn more?

Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death as a punishment for a crime. In China, people are sentenced to capital punishment for committing violent crimes, murder and drug trafficking. The number of executions carried out in China every year is a state secret.  See public opinion

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples? Learn more?

LGBT adoption is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. This may be in the form of a joint adoption by a same-sex couple, adoption by one partner of a same-sex couple of the other's biological child (step-child adoption) and adoption by a single LGBT person. Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in 25 countries. Opponents of LGBT adoption question whether same-sex couples have the ability to be adequate parents while other opponents question whether natural law implies that children of adoption possess a natural right to be raised by heterosexual parents. Since constitutions and statutes usually fail to address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples.  See public opinion

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? Learn more?

Assisted suicide, or euthanasia, is the practice of ending a life prematurely in order to end pain and suffering and is currently a criminal offense in China.  See public opinion

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage? Learn more?

Same-sex marriage is marriage between two people of the same gender. Currently, the Chinese government does not recognize same sex marriage. The Marriage Law of the People's Republic of China explicitly defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. In 2010, the lawyer Zhu Lieyu submitted a plan to legalize gay marriage to the People's Congress. The bill was never carried to a vote.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on environmental issues?

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned? Learn more?

In 2016, France became the first country to ban the sale of plastic disposable products that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material and in 2017, India passed a law banning all plastic disposable plastic products.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources? Learn more?

Fracking is the process of extracting oil or natural gas from shale rock. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which fractures the rock and allows the oil or gas to flow out to a well. A global shale gas study by the US Energy Information Administration said China's technically recoverable shale gas reserves were almost 50% higher than those of the number two nation, the United States. While fracking has significantly boosted oil production, there are environmental concerns that the process is contaminating groundwater. Critics of fracking say it pollutes underground water supplies with chemicals, releases methane gas into the atmosphere, and can cause seismic activity. Proponents of fracking say it will drop oil and gas prices in Spain and lead to energy independence.  See public opinion

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions? Learn more?

Global warming, or climate change, is an increase in the earth's atmospheric temperature since the late nineteenth century. In politics, the debate over global warming is centered on whether this increase in temperature is due to greenhouse gas emissions or is the result of a natural pattern in the earth's temperature.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods? Learn more?

Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. In an effort to improve food security, the Chinese government recently began to invest heavily in the development of genetically modified foods by encouraging food scientists to research and innovate GMO’s.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on economic issues?

Should the government raise the national minimum wage? Learn more?

In 2013, the government passed a law mandating a nationwide minimum wage. The wage was set at 40% of the average urban salary and would be implemented by 2015. The average factory worker earns $270 a week, slightly above the minimum wage in most provinces.  See public opinion

Do you support a universal basic income program? Learn more?

A Universal Basic Income program is social security program where all citizens of a country receive a regular, unconditional sum of money from the government. The funding for Universal Basic Income comes from taxation and government owned entities including income from endowments, real estate and natural resources. Several countries, including Finland, India and Brazil, have experimented with a UBI system but have not implemented a permanent program. The longest running UBI system in the world is the Alaska Permanent Fund in the U.S. state of Alaska. In the Alaska Permanent Fund each individual and family receives a monthly sum that is funded by dividends from the state’s oil revenues. Proponents of UBI argue that it will reduce or eliminate poverty by providing everyone with a basic income to cover housing and food. Opponents argue that a UBI would be detrimental to economies by encouraging people to either work less or drop out of the workforce entirely.  See public opinion

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt? Learn more?

In August 2015, China’s fiscal spending jumped 33% from the year before. For the first eight months of 2015, government spending is up 14.8%. There are early signs that this is helping the economy with property sales and construction increasing from one year earlier.  See public opinion

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

Should China raise taxes on the rich? Learn more?

Australia currently has a progressive tax system whereby high income earners pay a higher percentage of tax than low income tax. A more progressive income tax system has been proposed as a tool towards reducing wealth inequality.  See public opinion

Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts? Learn more?

An offshore (or foreign) bank account is a bank account you have outside of your country of residence. The benefits of an offshore bank account include tax reduction, privacy, currency diversification, asset protection from lawsuits, and reducing your political risk.  See public opinion

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs? Learn more?

5 U.S. states have passed laws requiring welfare recipients to be tested for drugs. China does not currently test welfare recipients for drugs. Proponents argue that testing will prevent public funds from being used to subsidize drugs habits and help get treatment for those that are addicted to drugs. Opponents argue that it is a waste of money since the tests will cost more money than they save.  See public opinion

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers? Learn more?

A government pension is a fund into which a sum of money is added during the period in which a person is employed by the government. When the government employee retires they are able to receive periodic payments from the fund in order to support themselves. As the birth rate continues to fall and the life expectancy rises governments worldwide are predicting funding shortfalls for pensioners. Some analysts say the shortage between what China's pension funds need to pay out and are taking in could rise to as high as $11 trillion over the next two decades. China is also raising the retirement age this year.  See public opinion

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession? Learn more?

An economic stimulus is a monetary or fiscal policy enacted by governments with the intent of stabilizing their economies during a fiscal crisis. The policies include an increase in government spending on infrastructure, tax cuts and lowering interest rates. In response to 2015's slowing economy, the Chinese government unleashed a wave of fiscal spending to fund investment in roads, railways, sewers and slum redevelopment.   See public opinion

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits? Learn more?

In 2011 the level of public spending on the welfare state by the British Government accounted for £113.1 billion, or 16% of government. By 2020 welfare spending will rise to 1/3rd of all spending making it the largest expense followed by housing benefit, council tax benefit, benefits to the unemployed, and benefits to people with low incomes.  See public opinion

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency? Learn more?

Bitcoin is a type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. Bitcoins are stored in a digital wallet, which is like a virtual bank account that allows users to send or receive bitcoins and pay for goods or services. Bitcoin is anonymous, meaning that, while transactions are recorded in a public log, the names of buyers and sellers are never revealed.  See public opinion

Should China pursue free trade deals with other countries?

Should China raise or lower the tax rate for corporations? Learn more?

The U.S. currently levies a 35% tax rate at the federal level and an average tax of 4% at the state and local level. The average corporate tax rate worldwide is 22.6%. Opponents of argue that raising the rate will discourage foreign investment and hurt the economy. Proponents argue that the profits corporations generate should be taxed just like citizen’s taxes.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on domestic policy issues?

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

Should it be illegal to burn the Chinese flag? Learn more?

Flag desecration is any act that is carried out with the intention of damaging or destroying a national flag in public. This is commonly done in an effort to make a political statement against a nation or its policies. Some nations have acts that ban flag desecration while others have laws that protect the right to destroy a flag as a part of free speech. Some of these laws distinguish between a national flag and those of other countries.  See public opinion

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

Should there be term limits for members of the National People’s Congress? Learn more?

A term limit is a law which limits the length of time a person may serve in an elected office. In China the President, Vice President, Premier and members of the National People's Congress may serve two 5 year terms.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on healthcare issues?

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system? Learn more?

Single-payer healthcare is a system where every citizen pays the government to provide core healthcare services for all residents. Under this system the government may provide the care themselves or pay a private healthcare provider to do so. In a single-payer system all residents receive healthcare regardless of age, income or health status. Countries with single-payer healthcare systems include the U.K., Canada, Taiwan, Israel, France, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.  See public opinion

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana? Learn more?

Marijuana is currently illegal to possess, grow, distribute or sell in China. People caught possessing small amounts of marijuana may be receive a 5 day detention and under 500 rmb fine. Those in possession of large amounts of marijuana may be charged with trafficking and sentenced to long prison terms and even death.  See public opinion

Should the government increase spending on healthcare?

What are your beliefs on criminal issues?

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote? Learn more?

In April 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order which restored voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons living in the state. The order overturned the state’s practice of felony disenfranchisement, which excludes people from voting who have been convicted of a criminal defense. The 14th amendment of the United States prohibits citizens from voting who have participated in a “rebellion, or other crime” but allows states to determine which crimes qualify for voter disenfranchisement. In the U.S. approximately 5.8 million people are ineligible to vote due to voter disenfranchisement and only two states, Maine and Vermont, have no restrictions on allowing felons to vote. Opponents of felon voting rights argue that a citizen forfeits their rights to vote when they are convicted of a felony. Proponents argue that the arcane law disenfranchises millions of Americans from participating in democracy and has an adverse affect on poor communities.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on foreign policy issues?

Should China maintain a presence at the United Nations? Learn more?

The UN. is an organization of governments founded in 1945 after World War II. The organization’s objectives include promoting peace and security, protecting human rights and the environment and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. Recent U.N. interventions include the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. China joined the U.N. in 1945 as a founding member nation. China is the third largest financial contributor to the UN and contributes $140 million annually.  See public opinion

Should China accept refugees from Syria? Learn more?

The 2015 civil war in Syria caused an estimated 4.7 million Syrians to flee their country. The Chinese government accepted nine refugees and 26 asylum seekers.  See public opinion

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service? Learn more?

Military Service is currently required in China. Mandatory military service dates back to the State of Qin, in which 300,000 civilians were forced to enter the military and build the great wall of China. The modern army has had a sufficient number of volunteers so the law is not enforced.  See public opinion

Should China increase or decrease military spending? Learn more?

In 2014, the Chinese government raised military spending by 12.2% to 808 billion yuan. This is the second largest military budget in the world after the United States of America. The money has gone to build submarines, stealth jets and an aircraft carrier.  See public opinion

Should China increase or decrease foreign aid spending? Learn more?

China has sharply increased its foreign aid spending over the last decade. It’s official aid approach imposes few conditions on the countries who receive it. This has stimulated considerable interest and debate both inside and outside the country. In 2013, China pledged $189.3 billion to foreign aid. Africa received 45% of the aid, the most of any continent.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on education issues?

Should tuition at public universities be free? Learn more?

College tuition fees currently run between 16,000 to 27,000RMB a year. For a rural parent in China, each year of higher education costs 6 to 15 months’ labor. Youths from rural families pay higher tuition in China than children from affluent and urban families. Rural children attend lower tier universities because they score lower on university entrance exams and end up paying more because these universities receive the smallest government subsidies.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on electoral issues?

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

Should foreigners, currently residing in China, have the right to vote? Learn more?

In most countries, suffrage, the right to vote, is generally limited to citizens of the country. Some countries, however, extend limited voting rights to resident non-citizens.  See public opinion

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office? Learn more?

The U.S. constitution does not prevent convicted felons from holding the office of the President or a seat in the Senate or House of Representatives. States may prevent convicted felons candidates from holding statewide and local offices.  See public opinion

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

What are your beliefs on transportation issues?

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

What are your beliefs on immigration issues?

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into China?

Should immigrants to China be allowed to hold dual citizenship status? Learn more?

Multiple citizenship, also called dual citizenship is a person's citizenship status, in which a person is concurrently regarded as a citizen of more than one state under the laws of those states. There is no international convention which determines the nationality or citizen status of a person, which is defined exclusively by national laws, which vary and can be inconsistent with each other. Some countries do not permit dual citizenship. Most countries that permit dual citizenship still may not recognize the other citizenship of its nationals within its own territory, for example, in relation to entry into the country, national service, duty to vote, etc.  See public opinion

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime? Learn more?

In 2015 the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015 (Kate’s Law.) The law was introduced after San Francisco 32 year old San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez on July 1, 2015. Lopez-Sanchez was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been deported on five separate occasions since 1991 and been charged with seven felony convictions. Since 1991 Lopez-Sanchez had been charged with seven felony convictions and deported five times by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Although Lopez-Sanchez had several outstanding warrants in 2015 authorities were unable to deport him due to San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy which prevents law enforcement officials from questioning a resident’s immigration status. Proponents of sanctuary city laws argue that they enable illegal immigrants to report crimes without the fear of being reported. Opponents argue that sanctuary city laws provide encourage illegal immigration and prevent law enforcement authorities from detaining and deporting criminals.  See public opinion

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government? Learn more?

The American Civics test is an examination that all immigrants must pass to gain U.S. citizenship. The test asks 10 randomly selected questions which cover U.S. history, the constitution and government. In 2015 Arizona became the first state to require High School students to pass the test before they graduate.  See public opinion

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists? Learn more?

A 2009 study done by the Pew Research Center, based on China's census, concluded there are 21,667,000 Muslims in China, accounting for 1.6% of the total population.   See public opinion

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers? Learn more?

Skilled temporary work visas are usually given to foreign scientists, engineers, programmers, architects, executives, and other positions or fields where demand outpaces supply. Most businesses argue that hiring skilled foreign workers allows them to competitively fill positions which are in high demand. Opponents argue that skilled immigrants decrease middle class wages and job tenure. In 2004, China launched a green card policy with the goal of attracting foreign workers who would invest in the country. To receive a green card the foreigner would have to invest $500,000. Some believe that the government should lower this requirement to attract more skilled workers into the country.  See public opinion

What are your beliefs on science issues?

Do you support the use of nuclear energy? Learn more?

Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power station. China's National Development and Reform Commission has indicated the intention to raise the percentage of China's electricity produced by nuclear power from the current 2% to 6% by 2020 (compared to 20% in the United States and 74% in France). Proponents argue that nuclear energy is now safe and emits much less carbon emissions than coal plants. Opponents argue that recent nuclear disasters in Japan prove that nuclear power is far from safe.  See public opinion

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